Sculptor Jeffrey Rutledge began his formal training in Art at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA degree in 1975. He earned his MFA in Sculpture from the University of Cincinnati in 1986 and provided himself with additional training at the Oxbow School of Art in Saugatuck, Michigan and the Hobart Welding School of Troy , Ohio.

Jeff’s first major show was at the Dayton Art Institute in 1983 as part of a show entitled “Manipulated Planes “. A solo show followed in 1984 at the Gruen Gallery, of Chicago as well as three years of participation in the Chicago International Art Expo, at the Navy Pier.

His work has been represented in galleries throughout the country beginning in the early 1980’s. These include galleries in California , Chicago, Austin, Houston, Cleveland, Michigan, and New Jersey.

Says Rutledge, “ I enjoy working in steel because of its plasticity and its enduring nature”. I consider my sculptures to be three-dimensional poems- visual meditations. Rutledge considers his primary influences to be Brancusi, Calder, Naguchi and David Smith.



University of Cincinnati, MFA in sculpture, 1986, Full Scholarship.
Wright State University, BFA in sculpture, Magna Cum Laude, Dayton Ohio 1975
Oxbow School of Art, Saugatuck, Michigan. Full Scholarship.
Hobart Welding School, Troy, Ohio. Full Scholarship.